According to the National Library of Medicine, “Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat.”
Obesity is a real problem in today’s society and is seen in both men and women of all ages. Often obesity starts at childhood and carries over into adult life.
By taking in more calories than we burn, we face the risk of becoming obese. With the high demand of work and family, many people simply don’t have the time to exercise. As a society, we are all always busy and eating usually consists of fast food and fattening snacks. Working families find it a lot easier to eat than cook at home.
Unfortunately, this leads to mass obesity, which affects our health and shortens our lifespan. The Mayo Clinic lists complications of obesity as High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome — a combination of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and high cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Cancer, including cancer of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, breast, colon, rectum and prostate
- Sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts
- Gallbladder disease
- Gynecologic problems, such as infertility and irregular periods
- Erectile dysfunction and sexual health issues, due to deposits of fat blocking or narrowing the arteries to the genitals
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition in which fat builds up in the liver and can cause inflammation or scarring
- Skin problems, such as poor wound healing
While going through our day, we seldom think of how our eating habits and lack of exercise affect our health. As parents, we are responsible for giving our children a healthy start. When we neglect to encourage healthy eating and exercise, we start them on a journey to an unhealthy lifestyle.
By scheduling time to cook healthy meals for ourselves and our family and spending family time being active, we can help our family to live longer healthier lives. While life can become hectic, our family’s health should be our first priority.